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New lawsuit filed in Chicago priest sex abuse case

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 11:42 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A new lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of children in the 1960s and 1970s focuses on a now-defrocked priest mentioned in documents the Archdiocese of Chicago released this week.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Cook County Court on behalf of three plaintiffs. It accuses the former priest, Norbert J. Maday, and another man of molesting children, sometimes in swimming pools. It names the men and the Archdiocese of Chicago as defendants.

A spokeswoman says the archdiocese hadn't seen the lawsuit, so couldn't comment.

Maday was convicted in 1994 and imprisoned for molesting two boys. The documents released this week show Cardinal Francis George sought Maday's early release in 2000. But months before Maday's scheduled release, George informed parole officials in 2007 the diocese was severing all ties to Maday.

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